I used to love Coldplay when they started out all the way in 2000. Clocks and Yellow and Fix You and all the heart felt songs of an alternative medium sized band. A bit of drama, a bit of rhythm and of course a bit of extra charming Chris Martin. It was 2009 when they were doing the Viva la Vida Tour and I remember ringing some radio contest in the hope I would win tickets to the Paris show. I didn’t and was very bummed, but after that I don’t think I’ve thought that much about seeing them again.
I’ve been wanting to visit Dresden ever since I moved to Berlin but kept postponing, waiting for the right moment. Turns out I was actually waiting for springtime and once the weather turned positively gorgeous I decided to book my trip.
Dresden is roughly 2 hours away from Berlin by train so a perfect weekend getaway. This was my first interaction with the German rail system so I learned a couple of things. If you want to get a decent ticket price wise you should book about 2 weeks in advance or even more, since the closer you are to the date and the less tickets available, the bigger the fee. It is useful to have a DBahn card, that gives you a 25% discount for tickets (a trip to Dresden was around 38 euros like this). When you book your ticket, if you want to make sure you also get a sit, you need to reserve it, and that’s an extra 4 euros. Some trains have Dresden as a mid stop on the way to Prague and those trains are usually full so better avoid them. Since I did that, even on a Saturday morning and Sunday evening I managed to find a seat without reservation. Also leave your house with a bit of advance, because you never know when the Berlin Sbahn decides to delay a train and you find yourself praying and running to make it in time.
Usually when attending a concert, the main interest and starting point is an artist that I know and like, while the venue is just a side dish. But that’s not the case for my latest musical experience. I randomly heard about Funkhaus Berlin and after checking some online photos, I decided I need to visit.
Next, I looked up potential concerts there and the first gig happening was Liam Mour, an artist I had never heard about before but whom, upon a quick Spotify hearing session I concluded sounded nice enough to check out live.
So that’s how I ended up going to a concert of a new artist in a new place on the 30th of April and having a real nice rounded experience.
I discovered Sharon Eyal about a month ago, when looking for an opportunity to attend a show at the Berlin Staatsoper, I got myself a ticket to Forsythe/Eyal. It was a total surprise and I loved it so much that I decided I would keep an eye on future performances of the Israeli choreographer.
I didn’t need to wait very long, as one day in November while browsing my Instagram I ran into a post by LAS announcing a new and very interesting event. A series of dance shows by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, also known as L-E-V, happening at Kraftwerk Berlin. The venue was already on my list of must see iconic places in town so of course I got myself a ticket to the first performance I found, the premiere on December 11. To my surprise the ticket also included the visit to the exhibition Light and Space by Rober Irwin, happening in the same space.
I like hilly cities because they offer various perspectives and also provide some workout. While Berlin is not a hilly city it does have one hill that is pretty well known and also has an interesting story behind. And I recently got a chance to check it out, while also enjoying an unusually warm and sunny October Saturday.
Teufelsberg is a non-natural hill, to the north of the city, set next to the Grunewald Forest. It was created in the years following World War Two, out of the debris and rubble from destroyed quarters in the former West Berlin. That was put on top of the never completed Nazi military-technical college (Wehrtechnische Fakultät), which makes for a pretty complex under-structure for what is now a nice green space.